Alexia Raynal

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Alexia Raynal conducts research that evaluates the role of media in the socio-academic development of both young and adult learners. She is interested in exploring the capacity of multimedia programs to produce meaningful learning, and in using this knowledge to increase school readiness and advance literacy development, particularly among emergent bilinguals. Alexia brings to CCT her expertise producing scaffolded preK–12 curricula and her experience building research-practice partnerships to promote equitable access, adoption, and use of educational technologies by Hispanic audiences.

Alexia leads design, fieldwork, and analysis activities for Ruff Family Science, a research and development project funded by the National Science Foundation to foster informal hands-on science exploration among low-income parents and their 4- to 8-year-old children. She is an assessor and strategic recruiter for NSF-funded AHA! Island, an innovative and experimental impact study aimed at developing computational thinking skills in preschool children. Additionally, Alexia supports research activities for Ready To Learn, a U.S. Department of Education-supported initiative led by PBS and CPB to examine how public media can have a positive impact on young children’s learning.

Prior to joining EDC, Alexia was a research manager for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. In that capacity, she initiated partnerships to strengthen the social-emotional competencies of diverse teenagers, as well as to guide the development of resources to introduce Hispanic-origin families to the positive uses of technology.

Alexia earned an MA in Liberal Studies from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and a BA in Communication Sciences and Digital Media from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico.